These scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide assistance for living costs to domestic students during completion of a PhD. Scholarships are offered for projects which are aligned with recently awarded Category 1 project grants or DECRAs. Work with leading researchers, and learn to conduct research independently and think critically, while contributing to large projects of national significance. See 'About the award' below for a link to the list of projects currently available.


To be eligible you must:

  • Be studying full-time and onshore in Australia.
  • Be nominated by an enrolling school or institute at UQ.
  • Be assessed by the Graduate School as meeting all conditions for admission to the research higher degree program.
  • Not hold a qualification at the same or a higher level than the research higher degree program you are undertaking.
  • Not be receiving a living allowance award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTP Scholarship living allowance rate to undertake the research higher degree program.
  • Not be receiving a Commonwealth funded tuition fee scholarship.

For more information about the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ, please visit the Graduate School's website.

Scholarship Rules:
Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research)
UQ Research Scholarships

About the award

View details of available projects.

How to apply

These scholarships are aligned with recently awarded ARC and NHMRC projects. After checking your eligibility, follow the three steps below to apply.

Step 1 - Browse the available projects at the link below. Email the Chief Investigator if you have any questions about the project, your suitability for the project, or the preferred educational background. If you are having difficulty contacting the Chief Investigator for a project, the School or Institute's Postgraduate Admin Officer will be able to assist. Once you have decided on the project that is the best fit for you, continue to Step 2.

Step 2 - Prepare your application documentation.

Step 3 - Complete the Online Application Form (OLA). Please refer to this guide as it explains how to answer each question specifically for these scholarships.

Email or call +61 7 3346 0503 if you have questions about Steps 2 and 3.

*Applications for these scholarships and entry into the PhD program are simultaneous through the Online Application Form. You do not need to complete a separate application for the scholarship.

Please note that these scholarships do not have a closing date.

Applications close: 
31 December 2018
Before you apply:

You are encouraged to read the definitive rules for this scholarship prior to application, in particular any specific eligibility conditions and check the FAQs if you have any questions.

Opening date: 
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:15
Closing date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018 - 10:15